Staffing levels are the center of attention at Tufts Medical Center in Boston as registered nurses announced on Monday the threat of a one-day strike.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the labor union that represents 23,000 members, told The Boston Globe that recent staff cuts mean nurses are caring for even more patients at a time. The union also says the changes have changed the hospital from one of the best staffed in Boston to the worst.
The union and Tufts negotiators met with a federal mediator April 11to discuss a deal, and if no deal is made, the union has called for a strike authorization vote to take place between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday.
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